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on television. today in a 58-40 cloture voted. they blocked chuck hagel being the sex -- secretary of defense. next the hour long debate on the nomination. they said they will not vote for cloture today, i think it's too bad. there's been more than enough time to read the additional speeches that have been coming in. the argument raced beyond that i know has do with the payment an equity fund that was received has been fully explained. as a highly reputable fund that senator hagel was an adviser to like many other reputable people. i think the continuation what amounts to filibuster is too bad when there's a secretary of defense who is leafing to go back to california. we need to have our new secretary of defense in place given the circumstances in this world. we have a budget crisis in this country, our scwesser is confronting us. that's sequester will have a damaging effect on the deference department, on the men and women in uniform. and on the programs, the equipment, the training that they need to be ready for any kind of contingency. so the delay in having a vote on cloture, to me is a
. >> heather: new details in the showdown over the confirmation of chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. after successfully blocking his nomination last week, senate republicans including senator lindsay graham say they have a lot more issues to iron out before moving forward with his confirmation at the end of this month. national correspondent steve centanni is live in washington. what exactly senator graham's latest concern? >> it's his supported of israel. he said to have made this speech and here is lindsay graham this morning on fox news sunday. >> allegedly senator hagel said that the u.s. state department was an adjunct of the israeli foreign minister's office which i think would be breathtaking if he said that to have such a view. i got a letter back in response to my question, did you say that and do you believe that. and the letter said he did not recall saying that and disavows the statement. >> unless new information comes to light and john mccain, even though he think hagel is not qualified, senate should confirm him because of reasonable amount of time for questions to be
>> president obama has nominated chuck hagel to replacereplace leon panetta as e secretary. mr. hegel is a war veteran. he served in the senate until 2009. after his senate career, he became part of a foreign-policy think tank. at his confirmation hearing today, he had some back and forth with former colleagues, including senator john mccain. that exchange is about an hour and a half into the hearing. later, we will get your thoughts about the nomination and hearing on our phone lines at 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 pacific. carl levin chairs the armed services committee and makes the opening statement. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> good morning, everybody. the committee meets today to consider the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. before i begin, i want to first welcome senator inhofe as the new ranking republican on our committee, succeeding senator mccain. senator mccain has been a great partner over the past six years, and i thank him for all the work he has
of hagel's nomination. wondered if hagel had ever paid by government including north korea. >> i don't know if mr. hagel received funds directly or indirectly from foreign sources extreme sources but his refusal to provide disclosure is highly troubling. >> senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically is r has i am puned the patriotism. nominee. >> even fellow republican opposes hagel's nomination is bias. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. served his country and no one on this committee at any time should i am pun his character or his integrity. >> that only served to precipitation a more aggressive liberal piling on. >> guilt by association remind us of another senator senator joe mccarthy. >> hammer lock on minor voighters and hope to marginal lies him as a right wing rue. he is seen as a charismatic piss tanic graduate of princeton and harvard law. it can help the gop appeal to more niernities. cruz made his presence felt in a short time by u.s. senate standards. in a 6 year term it's hard to tell if it will hurt or help. liberals are blasting him but that's already adding more
's going to vote on chuck hagel but he opposes a filibuster for chuck hagel and karl rove is forming yet another super pac to take on fellow republicans. would you buy a used car from this man? i don't think so. why anybody would trust him with a dime after he blew $400 million the last time around. we'll also take a look at president obama yesterday in minneapolis saying people have to decide do they stand with cops or kids. all of that coming up right here on current tv. >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current. stop looking at car interiors. get inspired by other stuff. yep. yep. ok. sure. why not? woah. touchscreens. put that in your dash. now, luxury stuff. make your seats like that. that thing has wifi, why doesn't your car? you can't do that. ignore that guy. give it wifi.
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for secretary of defense, chuck hagel. coming up at 7:15, what this means for the current defense secretary, leon panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. he says he's looking forward to coming back to monterey to take care of his ranch. >> yeah. >>> a lot of people are off. they don't have to work like you and i. it's presidents day. you are still watching the commute. >> that's right. i'm gonna be here on monday, too. >> i know you will be here, too. it will be the same even better on monday. some people don't have to go to work. some people will. we're looking at the commute on some of the major freeways. there are people out there, westbound on 80 as you drive out to the macarthur maze. no major problems. but it's not as busy as it normally is. looking at the bay bridge toll plaza, that's lighter. there is a little bit of a delay. we don't even bother with the traffic time. 101 northbound at 37 they are clearing a crash there with a little bit of slow traffic, southbound 101 in that area. 7:08. let's go to steve. >>> mostly clear skies. there's just a few little hi
. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to br
a minute. tomorrow, the senate will be in doing a test vote on chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary. it is a culture wrote -- it is a cloture vote. of congressional hearings going on today. a couple of them are live on c- span 3 or [inaudible]. if you go there you will be able to see all of the hearings. thank you for being with us on the "washington journal." the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 14, 2013. i hereby appoint the honorable chris collins to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2013, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited t
assistance. >> before debate on senator hagel has ended. the schedule calls for a vote this afternoon. what are the plans at the pentagon for his first days in office? what is your goal in terms of making it fully in charge and able to deal with congress after this confirmation fight? >> the steps postconfirmation are still yet to be announced. we do not want to say anything and advanced. it is confirmed that senator hagel has some of his strong commitment to get down to usiness. to get deeply invested in the work of the pentagon and its military and civilian workers. he has spent a great deal of time getting briefed on the work ahead. i cant speak for him speak to him to say that he is looking forward to leading this department if confirmed. his goal is to look to the future and secretary panetta believes that he will be an outstanding success oor. >> is he bruised by the confirmation? can he still be effective with congress? >> absolutely. senator hagel is someone who has been much of his life in the holes of the united states congress. he understands the importance of debate, including d
this hour, big moment for chuck hagel, the man president obama would like to become the next secretary of defense. the senate armed forces committee holding a vote on hagel's nomination. and while it is likely he will be confirmed, several republicans, they're still putting up a fight. that happens this hour. >>> also, cereal and soda? pepsi introducing a new mountain dew drink for, dare i say, breakfast, calling it kick start. the company says it doesn't consider this an energy drink, even though, yes, it is packed with caffeine. why the new product? mountain dew says customers wanted an alternative to coffee and tea in the morning. >>> and tomorrow is ash wednesday, which means today is fat tuesday. okay, i tweeted this out. this is a colossal waste of time and can't stop watching it. you can watch this on one of the live cams. mardi gras in full swing. we have been hearing trumpets from this live web cam. this is bourbon street. it is new orleans' biggest tourist draw with more than 50 parades. mardi gras is the feast and celebration before lent, a time of fasting for catholics. >>>
and panetta got along fabulous. >> warner: speak of secretary of defense, chuck hagel who david, president wants to be, the secretary of defense, hearing yesterday confirmation hearing before the senate, pretty rough going. what did you take away from that. >> i thought it was terrible. i thought he did a very poor job. we interviewed him, mark and i said nice things about him. i internal enjoyed the interviews hi with him but he really did a bad job. he projected weakness which is not something you want in a secretary of defense. conot even respond to pressure from senators with any divorce or vigor. he project aid guy who hadn't prepared. some of these questions were obvious about the surge, about some of the things he said on al jazeera. you have to have an answer. it's like somebody without walks into a big home of their life without having done their homework. so i still think he will be confirmed. on more or less party-line votes but if it was up to sort of a looking for a boost of, a sign of confidence this was not it. >> woodruff: how do you see? >> i disagreement i thought he was
of defense chuck hagel who david president wants to be the secretary of defense hearing yesterday confirmation hearing before the senate pretty rough going. what did you take away from that. >> i thought it was terrible. i thought he did a very poor job. we interviewed him, mark and i said nice things about him. i internal enjoyed the interviews hi with him but he really did a bad job. he projected weakness which is not something you want in a secretary of defense. conot even respond to pressure from senators with any divorce or vigor. he project aid guy who hadn't prepared. some of these questions were obvious about the surge about some of the things he said on al jazeera. you have to have an answer. it's like somebody without walks into a big home of their life without having done their homework. so i still think he will be confirmed. on more or less party-line votes but if it was up to sort of a looking for a boost of a sign of confidence this was not it. >> woodruff: how do you see? >> i disagreement i thought he was compelling electrifying. no, he did not help himself. he did
.com. ullico, inc. solutions for the union workplace. the senate yet to vote on the designated chuck hagel and president warning that the defense department faces major major cuts and disruption if the sequester goes through as its scheduled to on march 1st. all big issues regarding the pentagon and that's her beat her new beat at politico pro, juana summers in studio with us defense reporter now for politico pro coming off of the hot campaign trail where we often talk to you, juana. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> do you like your new beat? >> never a dull moment. i don't think i got a vacation in between the two. it's out of the frying pan into the fire. >> bill: you are right in the middle of the fire right now. let's start with chuck hagle. a couple of republicans now come out and said they are going to vote for him. john mccain saying he would oppose any filibuster on his confirmation vote. >> it seems michael. there aren't. lined see gram of south carolina has indicated he would like to see president obama nominate someone else and chuck hagel'
hagel into the defense post he's nominated for in president obama's cabinet and yesterday they left town for nine days. joining me now jake sherman, congressional reporter, molly bald, national political reporter at "the atlantic." molly, today's "new york times" california democrat barbara boxer likened the block that republicans like texas senator ted cruz have put on chuck hagel to mccarthyism. what was the point of prolonging this hagel vote until after everyone reconvenes? >> well, i think that republicans started out with some legitimate questions about this, and they would say they're just trying to get those answered and need more time. it was harry reid who called this vote as sort of an attempt to call their bluff saying this is enough, you're delaying this for no reason but i don't think this is going to help the republicans' image especially when they're going around saying we're not actually trying to stop this nomination. we're not actually filibustering, so what are they doing? i think especially for people who are sick of the sort of washington games, this isn't a good im
. the lew confirmation for treasury secretary. hagel for defense and brennan for the cia. will you vote against any of those men? >> i'm most concerned about brennan. i will demand answers this week. senator widen asked can they do drone strikes in the united states? and brennan went on talking about optimizing transparency and never answered the question. until i get an answer can a drone strike kill an american in america. can you kill an american in america with only the president's word? i will demand an answer to that question. and it's very unseemly that a politician gets to decide the death of an american citizen. they should answer about the 16-year-old boy, alawaki's son that was killed in a separate strike. if you go overseas, take up arms, i'm probably for executing you, i want to hear the evidence, have a judge and jury. it can be fairly swift, but there needs to be a trial for treason, the president, a politician, republican or democrat, should never get to decide someone's death flipping through flash cards, do you want to kill him? i don't know. let's go ahead and kill hi
confirmations coming up. we have the liu confirmation for treasury secretary, hagel for defense, as well as brennan for the cia. are you going to vote against any of those men? >> i'm most concerned about brennan. i'm going to demand answers this week. senator wyden asked can they do drone strikes in the united states? and brennan went on talking about optimizing transparency and never answered the question. until i get an answer whether you can kill an american citizen in america, in america, that's what wyden asked, can you kill an american in america with only the president's word and he never answered the question. i will demand an answer to that question. i think it's very unseemly that a politician gets to decide the death of an american citizen. they should answer about the 16-year-old boy, al alawaki's son that was killed in a separate strike. they've never answered that. >> right. >> i think you should be tried for treason. if you're an american citizen and go overseas and take up arms, i'm probably for executing you, but i would want to hear the evidence, have a judge and jury.
and leadership. one, do you support or oppose chuck hagel as secretary of defense? two, with your evaluation of thomas ricks criticism of american general since world war ii except for you a general petraeus? [laughter] >> , see brilliant as his wife is. i just finished this book. it's painful to read about generous he criticized because it's correct. you see it and go i'm guilty of that. and we had shortcomings of not being strategically enough minded. you focus on your job, tactical part of the nation and not think in a big strategic problem you're trying to solve. the criticism is not hiring enough people. we don't fired generals. that may or may not be a good criticism. it's certainly worth paying attention to, but it's a useful thing to throw out there. so what was the first one? chuck hagel. if chuck hagel will take the job right now, god bless him. whoever secretary of defense, they are going to go through this constricting budget, implement things like females in combat, which i agree with, but in lamenting will be hard. something will come to head with iran in the next four years ma
and leadership. and the second is do you support chuck hagel as secretary of defense and what is your evaluation of the criticisms of american general since world war ii. except for you and general petraeus. [laughter] >> you know, it's painful to read about general is being criticized because a lot of it is correct. you see it, and you say, oh, that's me, i am guilty of that. we had shortcomings of not being strategically enough minded, you know, you get very focused on her job, your tactical part of the mission, not thinking of the big strategic problem that you are trying to solve. that may or may not be a good criticism, but it's certainly worth paying attention to. but it is a useful thing to throw out there. what was the first one? >> okay. >> if chuck hagel will take the job right now, god bless them. whoever will be the secretary of defense, they will go through this constricting budget, they will implement things in combat. implementing it is going to be hard. something is going to come to ahead with iran during this for years, just mathematically. it will be a very difficult for years.
-offs for national security and we just can't go there. >> does chuck hagel get this? can he do the job in your opinion? is he aware of these argue ents? >> i certainly believe so. i think he has talked about a bloated defense enterprise. i certainly hope he will take some of these issues on if he is confirmed. >> once again just to conclude and we appreciate your time very, very much. we can protect our national security as we must but at the same time we can slim down the defense department, we can make some cuts. that's what you're saying? >> i believe that's what we can do if we take the cuts in the right place. >> michelle flournoy, former undersecretary of defense under president obama, we appreciate it very much. thank you. >> now, folks, prepare yourself, america the mighty, ann coulter is about to join us. there's a lot that happened today that we'll have to ask her about that include new revelations about benz and the controversial drone program. you don't want to miss this discussion. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you
was devoted to becoming an astronaut to the position of secretary of state. chuck hagel is a wonderful nomination. the criticism of him is silly, i believe. people are throwing that around. it is embarrassing. embarrassing to see accusations like that. if you go back to eric miller's book, he talked about the israeli lobby on many occasions. so i don't quite know what the debate is all about. i think that it will disorders go away because it doesn't make a lot of sense. the trees to care about himself, giving adultery a very bad name. but what was obama thinking. but what was obama thinking with intelligence issues that we would have to grapple with. i could not think of a better scenario than having david petraeus at the cia. that's not what he had in mind in 1947. he did not want to put in the hands of military policymakers. what the cia was created for was to challenge military intelligence. the cia has done its job correctly and that is what they have done on things such as arms control or vietnam, for that matter. what needs to be done, and let me just check the time to, we don't
, then don't hide it. >> it's a big deal. >> it is. very big deal. >> chuck hagel to become the next defense secretary 24 hours ago the chairman of the senate armed committee said they are not going to vote on his confirmation today and spoke to carl levin and said this. >> we can't not vote because there's dissatisfaction on the part of the people because that would be endless. we're going to schedule a vote as soon as we're ready to have a vote. i think this confirmation looks very much on track to me. >> so what are the republicans trying to achieve? >> here's what's interesting. we have the two confirmation hearings going on. brennan you saw today defending the drone strikes, for example. you see with chuck hagel where he has to defend himself. it's not the administration, because he has become the target here. what republicans are trying to do and they've asked for more information, financial information regarding corporations or entities that hagel has been affiliated with and whether they have any foreign investment. they are asking for this more paperwork and what they are trying to
secretary chuck hagel, and a,14- 11, split along party lines. the nomination went to the floor and is expected to get a vote on the senate floor on thursday. we will be watching that to see who votes yes or no. in the baltimore sun -- all sell today, jack lew, president obama's nominee to be treasury secretary, he will have his confirmation hearing. we will cover that live here on c-span3 at 10:00 a.m. with live coverage of the confirmation hearing for him to become treasury secretary. we will cover that on c-span3. back to your phone calls about the state of the union address. stephen in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, democrat. caller: hello. i but it was a good speech and it contained a lot of progressive ideas that i agree with. what bothered me is we need more revenue, i agree. [indiscernible] a family member o a republican came home from germany and built the autobahn. the mayor of atlanta said one time we have the eisenhower administration, the highest margin of take-home taxes, and lowered to 71. 91%. not asking for 91% was the tax rate in the 1950's. we took care of veterans
your experience in research, what do you think of the reaction against chuck hagel's being secretary of defense, a man whose clearly reluctant to send soldiers into harm's way having been there himself. >> the question was about the former senator chuck hagel, a man with two purple hearts, shrapnel in his test, and all the controversy over him. without weighing in on him per se. i like the idea of people who served in uniform having a say in policy decisions in which men in uniform and women in uniform are sent into harm's way, as a general thought. i don't have a position on whether he should be secretary of defense. i do think it's interesting, and the last three or four weeks i've wished my show was up and running so we could talk about this at some length, but i think it's interesting, john kerry, chuck hagel, two men with, i think, five purple hearts between them, and both of them, although, they votedded for iraq and afghanistan, can't say they are completely doves, although, maybe john kerry didn't vote for iraq. i can't keep it straight, but in any case, what it does, and we
've changed their mind. now sequestration, we might do it. >> i love when they bring this up during the hagel hearing and they talk about sequestration, and they go the witness and talking about what a disaster sequestration would be for the defense budget. if you just arrived from another country or mars you would be like who are the monsters who came up with the sequestration idea? who could have possibly voted for this thing? it is the people sitting that crafted it. >> the ironies speak like a birthday cake. unfortunately, we have to leave it there. we are out of time. >> can we kick the can? >> we are going to kick the can down the road. do not forget to catch chris and paul krugman this weekend. "up" is on tomorrow and every weekend and sundays with host at 8:00 a.m. eastern. chris hayes, thank you, as always, and thanks to the rest of our panel. franklin, carrie, and hans. that is all for now. i'll see you back here monday at noon eastern, 9:00 a.m. pacific when i'm joined by ari, jonathan, jake, and lee gallagher. if you are snowed in or not, i'll be doing my best impression of lawren
. on the nomination of former senator chuck a deal as defense secretary -- shut cahill -- chopped hegel -- chuck hagel on defense secretary. on immigration reform, "use an -- unions sees immigration debate in the hope that organizing workers can swell the union shrinking ranks." host: that is "the wall street journal." the judiciary committee will be kicking off immigration reform. also, the house oversight and government committee will be looking at spending and we will be covering that as well on c- this piece reports that new york medicaid executive pay is sickening, that they funded not for profits in new york and are hauling in massive salaries with one top honcho ranking in 4.8 million by an explosive -- 4.8 million, an explosive congressional report has found. this report shows that these medicaid funded services have these executives making that much money. back to your phone calls here, your comments about the president saying that there is vast majority of support for background checks a month americans, not giving much attention to the assault weapons ban. chris, okla., what do yo
hagel will have to wait a little while longer before take up his new position as secretary of defense. the senate armed services committee had hoped to hold a vote as soon as today but now that's being delayed. after last week's hearing republicans say they want more information on hagel's speeches and his financial disclosures. until then they are opposing the vote but the committee chair is still hoping to schedule one as soon as possible. in idaho, a republican state senator is introducing a bit of an obscure bill requiring every single high school student to read ayn rand's novel. when asked why he chose that particular book, senator john getty said it because it made his son become a republican. he said it gives high schools an alternative way to adopt graduation requirements. he does not plan on making a hard push for the bill or holding any hearings on that proposal. back on the national front military services are outlining their plan for a serz of spending -- series of spending cuts kicking in march 1st. sequester calls for $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade. that mea
: another pending addition to the obama administration is senator chuck hagel, who was been nominated to be the secretary of defense. if he becomes the secretary of defense, what is his involvement in the sequestration process going to be? guest: he will be in general in making these cuts happen. he is a veteran and a former member of the senate armed services committee. he knows the military. one of the reasons he was brought into this is because he knows how to cut. he knows what works and what does not. at least that is what the administration thinks. he will be an effective person, and leaves the white house hopes, in making these cuts take place. host: we are talking with ray locker, the national security editor at the newspaper, usa today. our next call comes from st. louis on our line for republicans. go ahead, greg. caller: even though the sequestered takes place, instead of spending 40 cents of every dollar, we would only be spending 38 cents out of every dollar. i did not know if it makes a difference. i think we need sequestration. thanks. guest: one of the things that many
. debate resuming on the nomination of former nebraska senator chuck hagel to be defense secretary. the house and senate returning next monday, february 25. [applause] >> good morning. i am teresa sullivan, president of the university of virginia. a warm welcome to senator tim kaine, representative robert third period our guest from the state department as well as members of the university board of visitors and our students, faculty, and staff. it seems entirely appropriate that america opposing the secretary of states has chosen to deliver his first major address here in the commonwealth of virginia. the roots of national leadership run deep in virginia. this is the birthplace of eight american presidents, including thomas derickson, who founded the university based on his belief that learning is the surest path to a national stability and human liberty. -- thomas jefferson. this morning we are gathered just a few hundred yards from the spot where three american presidents, mr. jefferson, james madison, and james monroe, gathered in 1917 to lay the cornerstone for the first univer
is the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. you have been very strongly, not against him, per se, but you want more information about him. are you satisfied? >> i think he's an out liar when it comes to our possibly regarding iran and israel. you'll find a hard time finding anyone more antagonistic toward israel on the way he votes. >> doesn't the president have the right to pick his own defense secretary? >> yes. the question is, will we vote for cloture. i haven't found anything that will make it an extraordinary circumstance to vote against cloture. >> so you're going to allow that final vote to go through. but you won't vote to support him? >> that's the way it looks right now, as of about whatever time it is, i intend to vote for cloture, and he's become the secretary of defense, and if i can help him, i will. >> you're vote for cloture. just to explain to our viewers, you will not allow a filibuster to go through. he will need 51 votes as opposed to 60. >> that's right. >> a lot to sgoing on on capito hill. good to see you. >> other news we have been following. that
hagel is who served in the military and worked up here on the hill and understands the issues involved there and can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with as director of the c.i.a. and continue to work with in this capacity. and i always found him to be very responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations against al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is somebody a straight shooter, somebody who gives you his best opinion. he doesn't play games. he's someone who i think can really honestly represent the best protection of this country in that job. >> thank you very much. and i want to thank you for your forth right comments today about the sequester. ironically as what you said in your statement, it appears the greatest threat to the united states security is the united states congress. thank you, mr. secretary. >> thank you. let me mention this, after senator nelson, the first round will be over. there may be a number of us who may want a few minutes on the second round and you two witnesses have been here
quick questions. thank you for your service and leadership. one, do you support or oppose chuck hagel as secretary of defense? to, what is your violation of thomas ricks criticism of american generals since world war ii except for you and general petraeus? [laughter] >> altaic the second verse. it's painful to read about generals being criticized because a lot of it's correct. you see it and say that's me, i'm guilty of that. we had shortcomings of not being strategically enough minded. you know, you get focused on your job, your tactical part of the mission and not digging the big strategic problem you're trying to solve. one is not firing enough people. we don't fire and not generals. .. you know, from the senate, his time in vietnam is useful because it gives you a context. the most important thing is if he and president obama are a good team, that is what matters. though much worry about his policy positions one way or another because he will be a policy maker. the president's policies will go but the fact that the field that they can be a good team, to me that is the important th
hagel to be the next defense secretary. also looking down the road, two competing bills one from the democrats, one from republicans into replacing the upcoming sequester with an alternative plan. of course, the sequestered is set to hit this coming friday. the houses also in today. houshouse members will gavel int 2 p.m. eastern for legislative business. roll call votes after 6:30 p.m. eastern. today one bill on the agenda, and that is on a bill to redesignate the research center as the neil armstrong flight research center and the western aeronautical test range at the aeronautical test range. later on this week the house is expected to consider the senate passed violence against women do. you can see the house on our companion network c-span, and the senate right here on c-span2. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. we are running a little bit late. good morning, everybody. we have a lot to do. we have a great speaker and the want to get to them quickly. before that, governor branstad, yo
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